WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Last updated: Friday 18 June 2021  

We have made our operations as Covid-safe as possible. Please remain vigilant about maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently and wearing a face covering.

 

Links to specific updates:

Veg scheme updates Please check back here regularly.

Farmers' market updates. Which stalls to expect this Saturday. New kimchi and kombucha stall!

Volunteering at our growing sites

Operational changes to keep you safe

 

 

Farmers' market

Market is open every Saturday 10am - 2.30pm 

It's no longer mandatory to wear a mask at the market. Please continue to respect the 2 metre distancing rules. There is hand sanitiser at the gate and a hand-washing station inside the market.

We all enjoy meeting friends at the market, but please be mindful of the queue of people waiting outside. Shop as quickly as possible and don't stop to chat! 

Don't bring children if you can avoid it and leave bicycles outside. Please leave the market before eating takeaway food. 

If you'd like to receive weekly email updates about the farmers' market and other GC activities, please use the Subscribe to our mailing list box at the bottom of this page.

Provisional stall list for Saturday 12 June: 

  • Veg and fruit: Ripple Farm Organics; Wild Country Organics; Brockmans Organic (lots of veg, salad and herb plants too); Mushroom Table; Alison Bond is back - selling veg, salads, plants and delicious jams
  • Bread: Astons Bakehouse 
  • Meat & fish: Galileo Farm*; Yorwarths (weather dependent)
  • Dairy: Bath Soft Cheese; Hook & Son 
  • Prepared foods/products: first visit from Re:organics - kimchi, kefir & kombucha; Niko B Chocolates; Global Fusion - cakes, fritters; Hatice Tugrul - börek/gözleme and other Turkish snacks; Nettle - vegan cheeses

(Nettle vegan cheeses and Eric from Honey Hydrant come to the market on alternate Saturdays.)

Galileo Organic Farm accepts email orders until 12 noon each Wednesday. Collect from the market between 12 noon and 2.30pm on Saturdays. Fabienne has had an accident and will be in hospital for some time. The farm stall will be continuing with Daniel running it. Any orders should go to Fabienne's email as usual with Wednesday as the absolute cut-off. We have sent Fabienne all our best wishes and are doing everything we can to help her, Simon and the farm.

 

 

 

 

Veg scheme arrangements

Keep yourself and others safe
Respect social distancing and wear a mask when collecting your bags.

Don't want your bags?
Our Food Credit Scheme is the best way to donate your bags. It's more effective and less wasteful than leaving unwanted bags at your collection point. The money goes into a central pot, then we deliver fresh, organic produce when and where it’s needed directly from GC HQ, usually to Hackney Food Bank. Book a week off or a donation here.

 

Collection point information

Click the purple links for collection details.

Castle Climbing Centre 

Copper Lane N16 

Core Clapton 

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden THURSDAY OPENING HOURS EXTENDED

e5 Bakehouse 

Hackney City Farm 

Hackney Downs Studios 

Hatch Homerton 

Liberty Hall NEW COLLECTION POINT IN CLAPTON

The Old Fire Station

Organic & Natural 

Redmond Community Centre

Round Chapel Old School Rooms

St John of Jerusalem

St Mary Stoke Newington 

St Peter de Beauvoir 

If you are a member of the veg scheme and need to contact us, please email us

 

Castle Climbing Centre 
Green Lanes, N4 2HA  

Collection times: Thursday 3pm - 9pm, Friday 9am - 9pm. 

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one.

Don't prop the doors open when you collect. Please respect the space, keep fire exits clear and remember to close the doors and gate when you leave, then wash your hands when you get home. 

Please note: don’t be confused by the padlock to the right of the GC door, which gives access to a private Castle workspace. You can still open the left-hand door to access our cupboard using the keypad as usual.

Copper Lane N16  
Springdale Road (between numbers 15 & 17) N16 9NG

Collection times: Wednesdays 4pm – 8.30pm, Thursdays 9.30am – 8.30pm, Fridays 9.30am – 3pm (check your online account, email or text for the padlock code)

There's a swap box: Feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Core Clapton
161 Northwold Road, Upper Clapton, E5 8RL

Collection times: Thursdays 3.30pm - 9pm, Fridays 8am - 5pm. 

There's a swap box: Feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden  

Collection times: Thursdays: 3pm - 8pm. Fridays: 2pm - 8pm. Please note: garden may close early in exceptionally bad weather.

Enter through the front gates by the peace mural.

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

e5 bakehouse 
Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PH  

 Collection times: Thursdays 8am-4pm; Fridays 8am-4pm

To collect, enter the Millhouse shop (the arch next to the bakery) and collect your bags from the hooks on the wall towards the back (self-service). Make sure you know which bags you should be collecting - these are listed in your online account, your weekly email newsletter and your weekly text. Please wear a mask and respect social distancing rules.

 

Hackney City Farm  
Hackney Road, E2 8QA 

Collection times: Weds 6-8pm, Thurs 11am-7.30pm, Fri 11am-4pm. Get Loose unpackaged shop is also open during most of these hours.  

On Wednesdays, please only go into the veg collection room two at a time. You can access the veg cupboards on Thursday and Friday.

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Hackney Downs Studios  
Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

Collection times: Wednesdays 8pm-10pm, Thursdays 8am-8pm; Fridays 8am-8pm. 

Please wear a mask when collecting, go into the shed one at a time and stand back from other people who are collecting their bags. Please let us know if you have any problems accessing the shed or collecting your bags.

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Hatch  
8 Mackintosh Lane, Homerton, E9 6AB 

Collection times: Wednesdays 7.30pm-10pm, Thursdays 8am-10pm, Fridays 8am-10pm. 

There's a swap box: Feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Liberty Hall

Clapton Common, London E5 9AA

Collection times: Wednesday 6.30pm - 9pm, Thursday 9am - 9pm, Friday 9am - 3pm

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

The Old Fire Station 
61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX 

Collection times: Wednesdays 3.30pm-9pm (staffed 3.30pm-7.30pm), Thursdays 8am-9pm, Fridays 8am-5pm. At Wednesday's staffed bag pick-up, collect from the main Fire Station through the red double doors. For later collections in the yard, please close the cupboard doors when you have taken your bags. We don't want foxes to nibble your veg!

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Organic & Natural  
191 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 8EG

Collection times: Wednesdays 3pm-8pm, Thursdays 10am-8pm, Fridays 10am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-12pm. 

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Redmond Centre  - Closed

The Redmond Centre is closed. We are delivering bags to the nearby Castle Climbing Centre instead. 

 

Round Chapel Old School Rooms  
Old School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Road, E5 0PU

Collection times: Wednesdays 1pm-9pm, Thursday 8.30am-9pm, Friday 8.30am-5pm. Please bear with us and hold off collecting until 2pm if you can. 

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

St John of Jerusalem 
Lauriston Road, E9 7DH  

Collection times: Thursdays 11am-7pm, Fridays 10am-7pm, Saturdays: 10am-1pm. 

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

St Mary Stoke Newington  
Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES

Collection times: Wednesdays 5pm – 9pm; Thursdays 9am – 9pm.

There's a mains light in the garage. The switch is on the right-hand side just behind the door. Don't forget to turn it off when you're finished.

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one.

 

St Peter de Beauvoir 
Northchurch Terrace, De Beauvoir Town, N1 4DA 

Collection times: Thursdays 1pm-8.30pm; Fridays 8am-8.30pm. 

There's a swap box: feel free to exchange an item you don't want for one that you do. Please swap the whole item, eg all your onions or bananas, not just one. 

 

Want to sign up to our scheme?

Fill in our joining form here. If you'd like to sign up our waiting list to hear when places come up at our closed or potential collection points, please give us your details here.

 

Volunteering at our growing sites

The waiting list to volunteer at our Hackney market gardens is currently at capacity, so we can't accept any more names. Sorry about that. You might want to check out this list of London gardens that usually welcome volunteers.

We are unable to offer volunteering at our Dagenham Farm as we do not have enough staff to ensure we can keep everyone safe. We have applied for funding to help us increase resourcing at the farm, so we hope to have more news in late spring. Click here to receive email updates about volunteering at Dagenham.

 

GC’s heightened hygiene precautions 

Growing Communities staff are working hard to protect our members, market customers, ourselves and our families from the Covid-19 virus  

We’ve been taking extra precautions in our packing and delivery operations to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus.

Veg packing: All staff have been trained in Coronavirus hygiene. All staff wash hands before the pack starts and wear gloves while packing. Staff know not to touch their faces or phones during the packing. All staff wash hands according to official public health guidelines before and after eating or any breaks. We have minimised staff in the office to avoid unnecessary foot traffic during the pack. We’re quarantining your returned plastic bags to eliminate risk of contamination, and we have removed some swap boxes.

Veg delivery: The delivery van is cleaned when drivers change over and delivery staff have been trained in how to minimise the potential for virus transmission. 

Market: We have spaced out the stalls to allow for quicker shopping and safe queuing. Stallholders are offering cardless transactions wherever possible and have their own hand sanitisers. We no longer offer samples of produce at the market. Please make use of the hand-washing facilities and sanitiser as you leave the market. We recommend wearing a mask while shopping.

Our farm and growing sites: Our growers are washing hands and tools regularly, cleaning gloves frequently and have been trained in Coronavirus hygiene. 

Please help us! The veg scheme operates via public collection points so we ask you to take all precautions for public spaces including wearing a mask, bringing your own hand sanitiser or sanitiser wipes to wipe your hands after collecting your bags. Please remember to wash your hands after unpacking your veg (and fruit) at home as well as washing all fruit and veg before use as usual.